Shannon B asks:
There’s a bit of a discussion going on at work around where penguins live. Is it just in colder climates like Antarctica? Or are there other areas of the world too? It’s all a bit confusing as they’re colder mammals, surely?
Our experts answered
Whilst almost all penguins are native to the Southern Hemisphere, they aren’t actually purely found in cold climates like Antarctica. The Galápagos penguin, for example lives near the equator. There are only specific specifies that live as south as Antarctica. There are 17 different specifies after all.
Penguins don’t live just in cold climates, although that is the common perception of penguins. There are a number of specifies found in the temperate zone. Otherwise known as moderate weather zones, where the weather doesn’t drastically change throughout the year.
I thought the majority of penguins lived in colder climates like Antarctica, to be honest.